Recorded in Middle English since circa 1225, borrowed from Old French consentir, from Latin cōnsentīre, present active infinitive of cōnsentiō (“to feel together”), itself from com- (“with”) + sentiō (“to feel”)
- To express willingness, to give permission.
- After reflecting a little bit, I've decided to consent.
- c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- My poverty, but not my will, consents.
- (medicine) To cause to sign a consent form.
- 2002, T Usmani; KD O'Brien, HV Worthington, S Derwent, et al, “A randomized clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of canine lacebacks with reference to …”, in Journal of Orthodontics:
- When the patient was consented to enter the study and registered, a telephone call was made to research assistant
- (obsolete) To grant; to allow; to assent to.
- To agree in opinion or sentiment; to be of the same mind; to accord; to concur.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, Acts 8:1:
- And Saul was consenting unto his death.
- 1655, Thomas Fuller, James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), new edition, London: […] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, […], published 1837, OCLC 913056315:
- Flourishing many years before Wyclif, and much consenting with him in judgment.
to express willingness
- Voluntary agreement or permission.
- (obsolete) Unity or agreement of opinion, sentiment, or inclination.
- (obsolete) Advice; counsel.
- consent at OneLook Dictionary Search
- consent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.